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TidBITS#1268/13-Apr-2015

It was a big week in Apple news. The company released iOS 8.3, with a huge number of fixes, alongside OS X 10.10.3, which officially introduced the new Photos app for the Mac — Josh Centers runs down the details on both. The Apple Watch also went up for pre-order, and Adam Engst shares his experience and some thoughts on the wearable’s early popularity, while Michael Cohen offers a meta-review to help you decide if you should buy one. Adam also covers Karelia’s new Sandvox Hosting service, which integrates with its popular Web site creation tool. Finally, we have the ultimate chapter of Joe Kissell’s “Take Control of Security for Mac Users,” which explains how to recover if you fall prey to data loss, malware, a network intrusion, a phishing attack, or identity theft. Notable software releases this week include DEVONagent Lite, Express, and Pro 3.9.1, FileMaker Pro 13.0.9, iTunes 12.1.2, GraphicConverter 9.6.1, 1Password 5.3, Security Update 2015-004 (Mountain Lion, Mavericks), and Safari 8.0.5, 7.1.5, and 6.2.5.

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Chapter 12 of “Take Control of Security for Mac Users” Available

So far, “Take Control of Security for Mac Users” has focused on increasing your security level, but what should you do if something bad does happen (or has perhaps already happened)? Perhaps you’ve lost data, suffered from malware or a network intrusion, or fallen prey to a phishing attack or identity theft — regardless, Joe Kissell has advice on how to recover in this final chapter of the book.

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Apple Watch Pre-Orders Sell Out Fast

Adam and Tonya Engst happened to wake up at 3 AM, just in time for each to pre-order an Apple Watch. But the initial stock sold out so fast that Adam didn’t get the model he wanted, causing him to ponder what might have happened with Apple’s estimation or manufacturing.

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ExtraBITS for 13 April 2015

In our latest list of ExtraBITS links, Smile promises a fix for a problem with lost snippets in TextExpander touch, we find out how accessible the Apple Watch is, an Apple Watch developer asks for patience, we learn how to make an Apple II watch, and Apple explains how to clean your devices and accessories.